My Favorite Inspiring Quotes
Commentary by Peter Shepherd
Madame de Stael reckons, “The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man.” That’s too black and white and only may be true, plus there are surely qualities in a man that women desire. Sexual desire is a needed aspect of intimate relationship, but not the only thing, of course.
Desire is fundamental to our being, and is only problematic if the identification becomes fixed, an attachment, something you’re unable to be happy without. Otherwise it is at the root of our motivation, our goals in life.
Love always rules over fear because it reflects our true nature and power, and also attracts support from others and the universe. Best to live your life based on what you truly want; then, instead of conforming to the expectations of others or trying to impress them, you will be inspired and most likely achieve both success and happiness.
Emanuel Swedenborg puts it so well: “Kindness is an inner desire that makes us want to do good things even if we do not get anything in return. It is the joy of our life to do them. When we do good things from this inner desire, there is kindness in everything we think, say, want, and do.”
And Marianne Williamson likewise: “Nothing liberates our greatness like the desire to help, the desire to serve.”
And the Dalai Lama: “I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.”
Nevertheless, a desire can sit dormant. As Tom Morris says, “A goal is not the same as a desire, and this is an important distinction to make. You can have a desire you don’t intend to act on. But you can’t have a goal you don’t intend to act on.” So a desire becomes a goal when it is both strong enough and realistically achievable, then there is enough commitment to act, persist and succeed.
Napoleon Hill sums this up: “Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat. Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire, which transcends everything.”
Here’s some further reading on this theme...
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